Candy’s Cosmetic Bag

Here is Candy’s Cosmetic Bag–a tutorial.  The lining is vinyl coated.  You can make your bag whatever size you want.  This one starts with two outside squares and two lining squares, 9-1/2 x 9-1/2 inches.  Cut two squares of batting slightly larger than your fabric squares.  Free-motion quilt or do some straight-line stitching.  I marked lines 1/2-inch apart, stitched on the lines and then went back and eyeball-stitched more lines in between.  Easy-peasy, don’t get queasy.

Straight line quilting

Straight line quilting

More straight line stitching

More straight line stitching

Next, cut some squares of Heat n Bond Iron-On Vinyl slightly smaller than 9-1/2 x 9-1/2, peel the paper backing away and smooth onto the RIGHT side of the fabric.  Cover with parchment paper.  Press for 8 seconds on  the vinyl side, flip and press for another 4 seconds on the reverse.  This product recommends a medium iron–I set mine to WOOL.  Try it out on a scrap first.  WARNING: Do not touch your iron to the vinyl–you’ll be cryin.’

Place your zipper FACE DOWN on the right side of one outside piece.  Baste in place.  Then place one lining piece, right side down on top of the zipper and stitch through all of the layers.  (Sorry I forgot to take a photo of this step).

Basted zipper

Basted zipper

Use a zipper foot; you will need to move the zipper pull back and forth as you sew.  This is easier if you turn your work 90-degrees, as shown here with another bag I made today.

Turn bag to move zipper pull

Turn bag to move zipper pull

Press this seam open and top-stitch the front of the bag close to the edge AND top-stitch the lining close to the edge.

Finger pressing seam open

Finger pressing seam open

I apologize–I cannot get rid of this duplicate.  Moving on.

Finger pressing seam open

Finger pressing seam open

Repeat with the remaining outside and lining pieces to finish installing the zipper.

Open the zipper more than halfway, making sure the zipper pull will not be in your way near the side seam.  Now flip both lining pieces to one side and both outside pieces to one side.  Mark an opening on the bottom edge of the lining pieces (about 4-1/2 inches) for turning.  Stitch all the way around, leaving the opening that you  marked on the lining pieces.

Stitching around

Stitching around

Now it’s time to box the corners before turning.  Make a template 1-1/2 inches square and mark both sides of each corner for a total of eight times.  Note that I have marked a pink dot below–pinch each side in the same place and you will now have a triangle shape at the corner–stitch across, backstitching the ends to secure and trim.  Do this for all four corners.

Marking box corners

Marking box corners

Pinch at dot for boxed corners

Pinch at dot for boxed corners

Boxiing corners

Boxing corners

Trim boxed corner

Trim boxed corner

To turn, reach in through the lining opening, through the zipper opening and pull the outside of the bag through.  Before you place the lining to the inside, machine stitch the turned under edges of the opening.  Voila–a new bag.

Stitch turning opening in lining

Stitch turning opening in lining

Finished Cosmetics Bag

Finished Cosmetics Bag

Here is a bag I made for my neighbor.  (I started with 7-1/2 x 10 inch pieces). It’s part of my Chagrin n Bear It series, with a dachshund.  All of these characters are from my original drawings, free-motion stitched with grinning faces and tennis shoes.  I was going to also write at the top of the bag, but there just wasn’t room so I’ll have to put this on a tag:

“Someone is at the door.  Let me sing them the song of my people.”

Chagrine n Bear It Dachshund

Chagrin n Bear It Dachshund

The bag is wet while I remove the purple marks.  Unfortunately, I did not notice that I sewed one lining piece in backwards, so only half of the lining is waterproof.  Le Sigh.  Grr.  Whatchagonnado?  Motor on.  I’ll be back in a few days with more fun n games.  Enjoy the rest of the day.

Here’s my original bag with a pig.

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly

About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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